Tag: hardboiled

Surreal Noir

Listen to Surreal Noir at No Bounds Radio hosted by friend of the Gutter Kate Laity. It’s what it says–a mix of discussion of surreal art and noir books and film. This episode includes audio and texts from In a Lonely Place, Leonora Carrington, Ghostdance, Remedios Varo, and […]

“The Gutting of Couffignal”

Dashiell Hammett’s “The Gutting of Couffignal” is available for your reading pleasure at the Library of America’s blog. The story originally appeared in the Dec., 1925 issue of the influential pulp fiction magazine, Black Mask. Along with the story there’s a discussion of the publication pressures of writing […]

Folk Horror Noir?

This week Guest Star Kate Laity writes about Dorothy B. Hughes’ Ride the Pink Horse (1946) and “folk horror noir.” ~~~ In the back of my mind for some time has been the thought knocking around that the godmother of noir, Dorothy B. Hughes, could also be a […]

“The Crime of Blackness”

At the New Yorker, Christine Smallwood looks at Dorothy B. Hughes’ “forgotten Noir,” The Expendable Man (1963). “The creation of difference itself was her subject. Her books were widely praised for their atmospheres of fear and suspense, and criticized when they reached, as the New York Times said […]

Noir, Illustrated

Some people like their hardboiled noir fiction in cinematic form. Some people prefer text only please–to enjoy, perhaps the racier metaphors and descriptions in The Maltese Falcon, say, over the screen adaptations. I like both. But what if I told you that you could get noir illustrated in […]